Finance & the Economy

Infrastructure: A Look at ICT

While many people think of roads, bridges and sewers when they think of infrastructure, the Canadian economy is increasingly reliant on digital infrastructure, which includes information and communications technology (ICT). Before the Bell hosted industry and government stakeholders to discuss Canada’s ICT needs.

Before the Bell Announces Speaker Lineup for its edition on Infrastructure: A Look at ICT

Minister of Rural Economic Development Hon. Bernadette Jordan MP headlines discussion about Canada’s ICT Infrastructure on Before the Bell this Thursday, April 11 at the National Arts Centre.

Temperature Check: Canada’s Investment Climate

Canada’s status as a destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) has been bouncing back after a two-year slump caused by the oil price slump and doubts about the future of NAFTA. Before the Bell assembled a panel of business, academic and government stakeholders to examine what needs to be done to keep Canada’s investment climate competitive.

Canada’s Transportation Infrastructure: a Backbone to the Economy

Transportation infrastructure is a crucial backbone to the Canadian economy, moving people and goods to market. While Canadians don’t tend to prioritize it as a policy issue beyond wanting increased investment, they depend on it to get to work, fly across the country and access consumer goods from around the world. Before the Bell heard from a panel of stakeholders about the challenges in the sector and what needs to happen to move it forward.

Before the Bell Announces Guests on Transportation Infrastructure Show

Before the Bell, with host Catherine Clark, announces its guest lineup for the Transportation Infrastructure show. The show is on February 21 at 8:00 am at the National Arts Centre.

Before the Bell talks Climate Change and the Environment

With some 90 percent of Canadians hopeful that a scientific or technological breakthrough will accelerate progress on the fight against climate change, and 87 percent hopeful about the shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, Before the Bell assembled a group of experts to discuss the impact of climate change on Canadians and our economy, and whether our current public policy can sufficiently address those expectations.

International Trade: New Sandbox Rules

As the rules and norms around international trade begin shifting with agreements such as the USMCA, Before the Bell spoke with stakeholders and experts to discuss the implications of the agreement for Canadian industries, how they can capitalize on it, and what other future trade opportunities exist for Canadians.

Capitalism with a Cause: Rising Social Entrepreneurs in Canada

by Dale Smith There is a growing trend toward creating small businesses that make a positive difference in the communities that they serve. Social entrepreneurship has been defined as the use of companies to develop, fund and implement solutions to social, cultural or environmental issues in a way that often blends for-profit goals with a

Accelerating Cleantech in Canada

By Dale Smith To many Canadians, cleantech may sound like an abstract, catch-all term used to describe any innovation aimed at the green market. In fact, it is an industrial transformation that includes any process, product or service that reduces negative environmental impacts. According to a 2016 report by Analytica Advisors, the global market for

Greater transparency required to protect privacy in the digital age

With a renewed focus on digital privacy in the wake of the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica data scandal, Before the Bell talked to experts and stakeholders about privacy and security in the digital age. They discussed where Canadians stand on these issues, both from a legal perspective and a cultural one, and the degree to which citizens’ perceptions of their own privacy have not kept pace with the ways in which that privacy is being violated, commoditized and redefined.